Elmark Packaging, Inc

FAQs

Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions about labeling equipment, label application and label printing. If you do not see an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us


How long has Elmark Packaging, Inc. been in business?
Elmark Packaging, Inc. has been a supplier of labeling equipment, coding and marking equipment and self adhesive/pressure sensitive labels since it started in 1980. 

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What markets or industries does Elmark supply to?
Elmark Packaging, Inc. supplies semi automatic, automatic, custom labeling machines, imprinting and coding equipment, and self adhesive pressure sensitive labels to food, chemical, pharmaceutical and industrial companies of all sizes.

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What methods are used to apply a pressure sensitive label, sticker, roll label, or self adhesive label?

  • Hand label application of a label is made easier with the use of a label dispenser
  • Semi-automatic label application requires the tamp-on or tamp-blow method of label application when the product is stationary. 
  • Automatic labeling systems apply labels to products that are in motion with the wipe-on, roll-on, blow-on, or tamp-wipe label application method.

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What is the best way to mark or code cases or cartons?
There is no single best way or method of marking or coding products. We can provide you with the right method that serves your particular needs and requirements. Some of these methods are:

  • Roller coder: a simple solution
  • Drop-on-demand: dot matrix
  • Thermal/high resolution inkjet: large crisp barcodes and graphics
  • Preprinted labels: multicolor
  • Print and apply: on demand marking
  • LASER: non-contact no consumables
  • Hot Stamp: efficient
  • CIJ inkjet: non-contact

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Does Elmark Packaging, Inc. only sell components or can they provide turnkey systems?
Elmark is a total solution provider. We partner with OEMs to provide a complete packaging solution.

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Does Elmark Packaging, Inc. sell supplies?
Elmark Packaging, Inc. can provide supplies for all the equipment we sell. Typical supplies include:

  • thermal transfer ribbons
  • blank thermal transfer and direct thermal labels 
  • hot stamp ribbon
  • hot stamp steel type
  • rubber type
  • ink cartridges
  • ink rolls
  • hot ink rolls

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What types of labels does Elmark Packaging, Inc. sell?
Elmark provides the following types of labels: roll labels, sheeted labels, prime labels, booklet labels, coupon labels, promotional labels, magnet labels, film labels, paper labels, blank labels, thermal transfer labels, direct thermal labels, laser labels, custom printed labels.

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Can my semi-automatic label applier be converted to a fully automatic labeling system?
A semi-automatic labeler can not be converted to an automatic label applier. Elmark does take trade-ins of semi-automatic labelers when a customer is moving up to an automatic or custom label application system.

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What are the differences among Wax, Wax/Resin and Resin Thermal Transfer Ribbons? 

Wax Ribbons
Ribbons typically contain a high percentage of wax-based materials. These materials contribute to the melting point of the ribbon which affect the amount of energy necessary to print. Since the waxes we use, in general, have lower melting points than the resins used, printing with wax ribbons typically requires less energy than printing with wax/resin or resin ribbons. Since most waxes used tend to be softer than the resins used, image durability for wax ribbons is typically less than that of wax/resin and resin ribbons. Most wax ribbons are made up of only one layer. 

Wax/Resin Ribbons
Ribbons typically contain higher percentages of resinous materials. These materials contribute to a higher "melting" point of the ribbons. Printing with these ribbons typically requires more energy than printing with wax ribbons. Since most resins used tend to be harder than the waxes used, image durability (and some chemical resistance) for wax/resin ribbons are made up of two or more layers. 

Resin Ribbons
Ribbons typically contain the highest percentages of resinous materials. Printing with these ribbons typically requires more energy than printing with either wax or wax/resin ribbons. Since most resins used tend to be harder than the waxes used, the higher levels of these resins contribute to the excellent abrasion and chemical resistance for resin ribbons. Most resin ribbons are made up of two or more layers. 

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What are the Basic Classifications for Tag & Label Thermal Transfer Ribbons?

General Purpose
These are typically wax-based ribbons that print well on a variety of coated and some uncoated paper receivers, as well as some synthetics. Image durability for these ribbons is acceptable for applications where little physical contact with the printed image is likely to occur or where image life is short term (shipping labels). These ribbons are usually the least expensive. 

Premium
These are typically wax/resin ribbons that print well on a variety of coated and synthetic receivers. Image durability for these ribbons is excellent for application where physical contact with the printed image is likely to occur repeatedly. Some resistance to mild chemicals and cleaners is provided. Typical applications include pharmaceutical, "shelf talker" and chemical drum labels. Ribbon pricing is mid-range. 

Super Premium
These are typically resin ribbons that print well on a variety of synthetic and specialty receivers. Image durability for these ribbons is excellent for applications where harsh physical contact with the printed image is likely to occur repeatedly. Excellent resistance to a variety of chemicals and cleaners is provided. Typical use includes outdoor and long-life applications like electrical box and integrated circuit board labeling. Ribbon pricing is typically higher based on the materials used and the number of ribbon layers needed. 

Specialty
These are typically wax/resin or resin ribbons that are designed to work in particular applications. Image durability for these ribbons is excellent on their intended receiver. These ribbons typically focus on a particular application like fabric printing where wash ability is required or on tags and labels where steam resistance is critical. Ribbon pricing can vary based on the materials used and the number of ribbon layers needed. 

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